Seminar: Selected Problems in Retailing


  • Prof. Dr. Waldemar Toporowski
  • Denise Pape, M.Sc.
  • Judith Derenthal, M.Sc.
  • Max Pisek, M.Sc.

Contact person:
Denise Pape, M.Sc.

General references:
Limited to a max. of 24 participants. The seminar paper will be written on in teams of two. The assignment to the teams is made by the chair on the basis of the topic preferences.

Time and place:
29.11. - 13.12.2023, 12:00 a.m.Formal registration at
Wednesday, 27.03.2024Announcement of the topics and start of the registration period for the various topics
Wednesday, 03.04.2024Deadline for registration for the various topics (submission of the ranking list with the five preferred topics by e-mail)
Friday, 05.04.2024Subject allocation (by e-mail) and start of literature research
Friday, 19.04.2024 (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., OEC 1.165)Introductory event: presentation of topics, procedure, Crash course for working scientifically, problem definition, structure and literature research
12.04. to 26.04.2024Registration in FlexNow
Calendar week 18Sending of research questions and structure
Calendar week 20Sending of the problem definition and structure
Monday, 10.06.2024 (till 12:00 a.m.) Deadline for submitting seminar papers

  • Friday, 21.06.2024 (09:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Theo 0.136)
  • Monday, 24.06.2024 (12:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., VHG 3.103)

Presentations of the seminar papers (Compulsory attendance)

Presentation and seminar paper (6 CP)

Learning outcome, core skills:
After successful completion students are able to structure a research questions, to answer it both content wise and methodologically as well as to elaborate the results in written form and present them. The critical examination of the relevant literature deepens the students' competences with regard to scientific work.

In summer term we offer a seminar focusing on current developments in retail. Possible subject areas are online retailing, sustainability, pop-up stores and retail marketing.

Recommended references:
References to literature will be given with the announcement of the topic.

Course language:

Target group:
Students in the bachelor's programme (especially in the focus marketing and e-business)

Recommended previous knowledge:
Basic knowledge of marketing, basics of scientific work

General requirements:
Participating students should be willing to actively deal with selected problems of retail management in theory, to research, process and present information. It is necessary to read articles in English.

Information about the seminar can be found in eCampus.